CPAWS Talks Forests Lecture & 45th anniversary celebration for CPAWS Ottawa Valley

Two dynamic, engaging speakers. One great evening for nature lovers!

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear two terrific conservation biologists  share their insights into the importance of the Ottawa Valley for North America’s boreal songbirds.

Come and get inspired by these big-thinking speakers, see old friends and meet new ones!

This event will be followed by a reception celebrating 45 years of conservation by CPAWS’ Ottawa-Valley chapter, including nibblies, cash bar and door prizes.

Location: Tabaret Hall, University of Ottawa, 550 Cumberland St, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Paid parking, easy access by OC Transpo (Laurier Station)

Time: Doors open: 6:30 PM; Lecture: 7 PM

Tickets: $15    Seating is limited. 


Michael Runtz

Michael Runtz is one of Canada’s most highly respected naturalists, nature photographers, and natural history authors. A dynamic communicator with an infectious and enthusiastic teaching style, this “superteacher” is equally at home in the television or radio studio, lecture hall or classroom. He has been a birdwatcher since the age of five and lived, breathed and worked with nature all his life. Mr. Runtz teaches a very popular natural history course at Carleton University, has 11 best sellers under his belt, has worked as a naturalist in Canada’s national and provincial parks and performed numerous biological surveys, including one on the rare Peregrine Falcon.  Read more

Jeff Wells, PhD

Dr. Jeff Wells is one of North America’s leading bird experts and conservation biologists. As science and policy director for the Boreal Songbird Initiative, he is devoted to understanding and protecting the land where North America's birds are born and raised -- the boreal forest of Canada and Alaska. Dr Wells has also taught at Cornell University and was Director of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society. He has authored and co-authored dozens of publications on birds and bird conservation including the books Boreal Birds of North America: A Hemispheric View of Their Conservation Links and Significance and Birder's Conservation Handbook: 100 North American Birds at Risk. Read more